ERIC Number: ED368244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Washington State Work Study: More Than a Financial Aid Program. An Evaluation of the Impact of the Washington State Work Study Program on Students' Career Selection and Employability after Graduation.
MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; J. D. Franz Research, Sacramento, CA.
This study examined effects of participation in the Washington State Work Study program on students' career selection and full-time employment opportunities after graduation. The program provides financial assistance to needy students by stimulating and promoting their employment--as much as possible in jobs related to their academic pursuits or career plans. The study conducted telephone interviews with a representative sample of 905 participants who graduated between 1987 and 1989 and with 300 of their post-graduation employers. This information was merged with data on participants' demographic characteristics, their financial aid awards, and the type of institution they attended. Analysis indicated that the State Work Study program enables students who otherwise could not attend college. In addition participation appeared to help students define their career goals, plan their educational program; prepare for a career; and more readily find a job after graduation. The work study experience itself sometimes led to a permanent job or a job referral. Employers confirmed the value of a job applicant's work experience. Extensive information in the appendix includes comparison data, tables, results of regression analysis, and occupation, industry and study categories. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; J. D. Franz Research, Sacramento, CA.